In 2023, Ganesh Puja will fall on the same date as Biswakarma Puja as per Biraja Odia Calendar. Preparations are in full swing for the Puja celebrations coming up on 18 September 2023. But dates are different as per Kohinoor Oriya Calendar.
“We will incur losses this year as both Biswakarma and Ganesh puja fall on the same day. Because of this, our production is low this time. Earlier, we used to make 100 idols of each of the deities, but this time we have been able to make a total of 100 idols,” said an artisan from Cuttack.
Ganesh Puja is a Hindu festival celebrated in honour of the god Ganesha, the elephant-headed. It is not known when and how Ganesh Puja was first celebrated. Ganesh Chaturthi was being celebrated as a public event in Pune since the times of Shivaji (1630–1680), the founder of the Maratha Empire.
Biswakarma Puja also known as Vishwakarma Puja is a day of celebration for Biswakarma, a Hindu god, the divine architect, and one of the fourteen precious things born of the Samudra Manthan.
The festival is observed primarily in factories and industrial areas, often on the shop floor. As a mark of reverence, the day of worship is marked not only by the engineering and architectural community but by artisans, craftsmen, mechanics, smiths, welders, industrial workers, factory workers, and others.
Artisans start making idols about one month before the festival. Their idols use bamboo, straw, clay, and colours to make the idols. The prices of these raw materials are on the rise, due to which the prices of idols have also increased by 20-25% compared to the previous year.